Historical Fiction · Historical Romance · Romance

ARC Review: The Rock by Monica McCarty

The first time he caught sight of Elizabeth Douglas, Thomas MacGowan thought she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful Lord of Douglas might as well be. When it becomes clear that his childhood companion will never see him as a man she could love, Thom joins Edward Bruce’s army as a man-at-arms to try to change his lot. If he’s harbored a secret hope that he could close the gap between them, he faces the cold, hard truth when Elizabeth comes to him for help. She might need the boy who used to climb cliffs to rescue her brother from the hands of the English, but she would never see the son of a smith as a man worthy of her hand.

Book Reviews · Science Fiction/Fantasy · YA

ARC Review: A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.

Book Reviews · Romance · Science Fiction/Fantasy

ARC Review: Trapped by Alison Aimes

When Bella West crash lands on penal planet Dragath25, the only thing standing between her and a mass of brutal criminals is one of their own, a ruthless loner known only as 673. But what starts out as a desperate trade based on protection and raw lust soon blossoms into a scorching need that will push them both to the edge…A tale of unbridled desire, stunning sacrifice, and unwavering love, Trapped is the first book in The Condemned Series.

Book Reviews · Suspense/Thriller/Crime

ARC Review: No Evil by Maynard Sims

When a girl’s body is found with her eyes and mouth sewn shut and paraffin wax in her ears, DCI Jack Callum and his team are called in to investigate the gruesome murder that shattered the peace of a sleepy 1950s English town.

See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.

After the killer sends a taunting message and more victims have come to light, Scotland Yard takes over the investigation, discounting Callum’s theories on the case and alienating him in the process. Not one to be easily dissuaded, DCI Jack Callum continues to investigate only to find that this time the killer has struck close to home. In a breathtaking finale, Callum must race against time, and break his own rules, if he is going to save the killer’s latest victim before it’s too late.

Book Reviews · Paranormal Romance · Romance

Review: Deadly Gift by Heather Graham

An outsider in a world of extraordinary wealth, Caer Donahue must learn who can be trusted…and who should be feared.

Caer is spending this Christmas among strangers. Brought to Newport, Rhode Island, from her native Ireland to nurse ailing millionaire Sean O’Riley, she’s living a life few can imagine. But money can’t hide the tension between O’Riley’s trophy wife, his paranoid daughter, the eccentric aunt in the attic and the staff members who run the house.

When O’Riley’s business partner goes missing, family friend Zach Flynn arrives. Determined to help him solve the case, Caer becomes enmeshed in a mystery that weaves together the sins of the past with one family’s destiny…and a spirit that watches the mansion, possessing a deadly gift.

Book Reviews · Science Fiction/Fantasy

Review: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

It’s five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale – in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.